Small businesses affected by the NHL lockout may be getting a call from the federal government soon, offering help.
The U.S. Small Business Administration said Monday that agency representatives will be reaching out in the coming weeks to business owners in the 23 cities that host National Hockey League teams to provide counseling and other assistance during the lockout.
The agency noted that the lockout, approaching its fourth month, has left “small businesses across the country on ice,” as hotels, restaurants, retailers and other businesses that depend on hockey fans and crowds have instead watched business fall away.
The SBA will work with partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and Veterans’ Business Outreach Centers, giving it a network of 14,000 counselors to tap. The agency is tentatively planning a Buffalo event for Dec. 14.